Saturday, February 13, 2016

Chilopsis linearis (Desert Willow)

7/27/97 Big Morongo Canyon Preserve, San Bernardino County, CA

4/3/11 Meccacopia Trailhead, Box Canyon Road, Mecca Hills, Riverside County, CA

4/3/11 Meccacopia Trailhead


COMMON NAME: Desert Willow

SPECIES: Chilopsis linearis 

FAMILY: Bignoniaceae (Bignonia Family)


LOCATION: Big Morongo Canyon Preserve, San Bernardino County, CA


Treatment from The Jepson Manual (1993):

Shrub or tree 1.5–7 m, willow-like

Leaves deciduous, generally alternate (often some opposite to whorled on same plant); blade 10–26 cm, ± linear, curved

Inflorescence: panicle or raceme, terminal

Fruit < 35 cm, linear, round in X -section

Seed 6–12 mm, oblong; both ends long-hairy

Ecology: Common. Sandy washes

Elevation: < 1500 m.  

Bioregional distribution: Desert, adjacent Transverse Ranges, Peninsular Ranges 

Distribution outside California: to Utah, New Mexico, n Mexico

Flowering time: May–Sep

Horticultural information: SUN, DRN: 7, 14, 15, 16, 17, 24 &IRR: 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23.

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